Kody House and Meg Ward in a Brisbane Broncos' NRLW promo
Kody House and Meg Ward in a Brisbane Broncos' NRLW promo Adam Head GLA130918HOUSE

Rooster cock-a-hoop with award and makes history in process

RUGBY LEAGUE: Ex-Calliope Rooster Kody House has created history in the sport as the first female player who has received an NRL Academic Player of the Year Award.

The Brisbane Bronco, who unfortunately missed last night's match against Sydney Roosters due to concussion, said she was shocked, but pleasantly surprised to win such an accolade.

"Basically we need to be completing tertiary education whether at TAFE or university," she said.

"It was a complete surprise as they have never presented this to a female player before, so I was blind-sided but certainly so honoured that I have received it."

House, who is also an Australian Jillaroo hopes to inspire others to make a gateway toward a career beyond on the field.

"I've always wanted to further my education and finally at the age of 28, I changed careers and I hope my degree and personal sporting experience can help future female rugby league players perform at their best," House said.

She is currently studying a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science at Queensland University of Technology.

"The NRL give us such an amazing opportunity being able to play rugby league and study full-time as we all know that playing football isn't forever," she said.

"It's a hard transition into the real world once we retire so it's always great to have a plan for our future."

House had a stint with work in Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory before she moved to Brisbane for study and league commitments.

She aims to get into the scientific side of female rugby league development.

"I'm hoping to end up working in the game as a Sports Scientist developing the female game and working in high performance," she said.

It's a hectic work, train, study and play schedule for House.

But she said the flexibility in her study program gets her the best of both worlds.

"It can be a bit of a struggle and especially while travelling and playing," she said.

"I'm very lucky to be in the Elite Athlete Program that QUT have which supports me immensely, whether it being able to defer exams or get extensions on assignments.

"A typical day is to wake up and go half an hour into the city to go to university for a lecture or practicals or tutorials.

"I come home to try and catch up on work or assignments or exam study, try and fit some eating in and then leave for training and head back into the city at 3pm - train from 3.30pm until 7.30pm - and then head back out to Ipswich and be home for bed at 8pm."

House expanded on the importance of players in setting themselves post league careers.

"It's very important to continue education, playing football professionally is exciting and a once in a lifetime experience," she said.

"The average career for an NRL player is three years so it's highly important to further your studies or have a plan to set yourself up for the future after rugby league.

"I know I won't always be around to play, but my love for the game and helping people achieve greatness will always be there so I'm setting myself up to use my strengths and passions, and create a future life I'll love loving."

In the short-term, House aims to be fit for the Broncos in Friday's game against Warriors.

"There were six stages to pass and a lot of cognitive tests, so I have just passed stage five on Thursday and we played yesterday and I didn't get the chance to undertake stage six until this morning," she said. "Fingers crossed I'll be good to go against the Warriors on Friday night."



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